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August 4, 1936



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4 August 1936

George Washington High School (San Francisco)

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600 32nd Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA

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George Washington High School is a public high school in Richmond District, San Francisco, California. The school is a part of the San Francisco Unified School District. In 2011, Washington High was ranked by Newsweek's Jay Mathews Challenge Index as the 497th best high school in the United States.



George Washington High School opened on August 4, 1936 to serve as a secondary school for the people of San Francisco’s Richmond District. The school was built on a budget of $8,000,000, on a site overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. The lobby is decorated with murals by Victor Arnautoff in the "buon fresco" styles. They depict scenes from the life and times of George Washington. The stadium, auditorium, and gymnasium were added in 1940. The school was formally dedicated on Armistice Day of 1940. The accomplishments of its students in various fields of academics, athletics, leadership, and extracurricular activities have given George Washington High School an outstanding reputation among California high schools. The school was also used in an episode of the hit TV series "The Streets of San Francisco." Maureen McCormick plays a teenage hooker attending the school. There are two scenes showing the school and its view of the Golden Gate Bridge. The episode was in season five.

In 1981 the Pacific News Service aired a story about race-based gangs at George Washington High School.


According to US News and World Report, 92% of Washington's student body is "of color," with 59% of the student body coming from an economically disadvantaged household, determined by student eligibility for California's Reduced-price meal program.


600 32nd Ave, San Francisco, California

George Washington High School's campus is located kitty-corner to Presidio Middle School, also a public school.

Facilities include:

  • 3-story 4-shaped academic building
  • 2-Story shop building
  • Auditorium/Theater
  • Computer Lab
  • Library
  • Gymnasium
  • Track field
  • 2 Batting cages
  • Front Toss cage
  • Bullpen
  • American football field/Soccer Field
  • Soccer/multipurpose field
  • 6 tennis courts
  • 4 basketball courts
  • Academics

    Washington High School prides itself in academic excellence with emphasis on AP courses. In 2011, Newsweek ranked George Washington as the 497th best high school in America.


    The George Washington High athletic program is governed by Academic Athletic Association (AAA) and is sanctioned by the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF)

    George Washington High School supports 20 varsity and 7 junior varsity and frosh-soph programs.

    Sports offered include Dragon Boat, Cross Country, Tennis Girls, Football, Soccer Boys, Volleyball Boys, Golf Girls, Volleyball Girls, Wrestling, Swimming, Badminton, Baseball, Fencing, Softball, Basketball, Boys Lacrosse, Girls Lacrosse, Golf Boys, Tennis Boys, Soccer Girls, Track & Field, as well as Cheerleading.

    Recent League Championships

    2014-2015 Boys Varsity Volleyball Champions

    2013-2014 JV Girls Basketball City Champions

    2012-2013 Frosh-Soph Boys Basketball Champions

    2012-2013 Varsity Softball Runner-up

    2012-2013 Varsity Boys Baseball Runner-up

    2011-2012 Varsity Boys Baseball Trans Bay Champions

    2011-2012 Varsity Boys Baseball Champions

    2011-2012 Varsity Softball Runner-up

    2011-2012 All City Wrestling Champions

    2011-2012 Varsity Boys Football Runner-up

    2010-2011 Varsity Boys Baseball Champions

    2010-2011 Varsity Boys Basketball Champions

    2010-2011 Varsity Boys Football Champions

    2010-2011 Varsity Girls Golf Runner-up

    2009-2010 Varsity Softball Trans Bay Champions

    2009-2010 Varsity Softball Champions

    2009-2010 All City Badminton Champions

    2009-2010 Varsity Girls Soccer Runner-up

    2009-2010 All City Wrestling Champions

    2009-2010 Varsity Girls Tennis Runner-up

    2008-2009 Varsity Boys Golf Champions

    2008-2009 JV Boys Basketball Champions

    2008-2009 Varsity Boys Baseball Champions

    2008-2009 Varsity Softball Runner-up

    2008-2009 All City Badminton Runner-up

    2008-2009 All City Wrestling Champions

    2007-2008 JV Boys Baseball City Champions

    2007-2008 Varsity Boys Swimming Champions

    2007-2008 Varsity Softball Runner-up

    2007-2008 All City Badminton Runner-up

    2007-2008 Varsity Boys Golf Champions

    2007-2008 JV Girls Basketball City Champions

    2007-2008 All City Wrestling Champions

    2006-2007 Varsity Boys Swimming Champions

    2006-2007 JV Boys Baseball City Champions

    2006-2007 All City Badminton Runner-up

    2006-2007 Varsity Boys Tennis Runner-up

    2006-2007 Varsity Boys Golf Runner-up

    2006-2007 Track & Field Runner-up

    2005-2006 Varsity Baseball City Champions

    2005-2006 Varsity Boys Volleyball Champions

    2004-2005 Fencing City Champions

    2003-2004 Varsity Football Champions

    2001-2006 5 in a row Softball All City Champions

    2001-2002 All City Badminton Champions

    2000-2001 Varsity Football Champions

    2000-2001 Varsity Baseball Champions

    2000-2001 All City Badminton Champions

    1999-2000 Varsity Football Champions

    1999-2001 Varsity Girls Basketball Champions


    Washington Hymn

    The Washington Hymn is the official song of George Washington High School.

    Notable alumni

  • Diane Amos, Pine-Sol lady
  • Maya Angelou, author and poet, awarded the Spingarn Medal, the National Medal of Arts, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Josiah Beeman, US Ambassador
  • Gene Brown, basketball player
  • Phillip Burton, Congressman
  • Rey Carr, spiritual activist
  • Rosemary Casals, professional tennis player
  • Dorothy Delasin, golfer
  • Keith Fowler, actor, director, producer, educator
  • Edgar Gallardo, school psychologist
  • Danny Glover, actor
  • Steve Gray, basketball player
  • Richard Hongisto, politician
  • John-David Keller, actor, director
  • Leonard Krupnik, Ukrainian-American footballer
  • Amanda Lassiter, basketball player in the WNBA
  • Marcio Lassiter, basketball player in the Philippines
  • Gilman Louie, technologist
  • Richard Lui, news anchor for MSNBC
  • Alec Mapa, writer, comedian and actor
  • Hal March, 1950s television personality
  • Del Martin, lesbian activist
  • Johnny Mathis, singer, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Ollie Matson, member of College and Pro Football Halls of Fame
  • Sean McGrath, musician, artist
  • Lee Meriwether, model, actress, and Miss America
  • Nathan Oliveira, artist
  • Betty Ong, flight attendant on 9/11 jet American Airlines Flight 11
  • San Quinn, rap artist
  • Jacky Cheung, Nobel laureate for work in Nano-Structures as Ph.D student at MIT
  • Bill Sakovich, worldclass swimming coach and sports administrator
  • Jim Sochor, former college football head coach, UC Davis (1970-1988).
  • Phil Smith, NBA player
  • Gregg Turkington, comedian
  • Paul Vixie, internet pioneer (sendmail, BIND and PAIX)
  • Martin Wong, artist
  • Lope Yap, film director, assistant director, and special effects producer
  • Al Young (dragster driver), world champion drag racer
  • Connie Young Yu, writer, historian, lecturer
  • References

    George Washington High School (San Francisco) Wikipedia

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